Dispelling Multitasking - OT06

Dispelling Multitasking

A New Era for a Multigenerational Shift

by Rondalyn Varney Whitney, PhD, OT/L
(4.3 / 433 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Occupational Therapy (0.10 AOTA CEU)

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


In general, today’s culture values those who multitask more highly than those who do one thing at a time. Multitasking is considered an “executive function”; those who only attend to one thing can be derogatorily referred to as “worker bees.” The ability to perform multiple tasks accurately and effectively in a timed situation is the Holy Grail of both academic and professional success. However, neuroscientific evidence and everyday observations of human behavior call into question the validity of multitasking and raise questions regarding the short- and long-term costs of trying to perform many tasks simultaneously. As experts in occupational performance, OTs need to know how to best advise clients and supervisees regarding task performance, as well as how to support their own professional performance.


The goal of this continuing education program is to help OTs dispel myths associated with multitasking and realize increased productivity, greater life balance and enhanced cross-generational team interactions. After studying the material presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the neurological processes related to the concept of multitasking
  • Analyze and critique the conventional wisdom and myths related to multitasking
  • Describe strategies to improve performance and productivity
Content Level: Intermediate
Instructional Method: Online Course — Narrative
Content Focus
Domain 1: Performance skills
Domain 2: Activity demands
Process 3: Intervention

Accreditation Information
Relias LLC, is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Provider #4000. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 3/31/2015
Date of Most Recent Review: 3/31/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 3/31/2018

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Scott B - Dubuque, IA  ·  Jul 12, 2019
increased my awareness of my own limits with multitasking with pt care.
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Kimberly B - Phoenix, AZ  ·  Apr 05, 2019
Provides concrete steps to becoming more productive.
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Kathleen P - chula vista, CA  ·  Mar 01, 2019
Very Informative. I liked it.
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Sally L - Bronx, NY  ·  Jan 07, 2019
This was a good quick refresher
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Benjamin G - Phoenix, AZ  ·  Jun 18, 2018
Great information for clients (I work with TBI, CVA, and other brain injuries) as well as practitioners. I will use this information to be more efficient by taking things one at a time and being mindful.
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